About Rationally Speaking

Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Experimenting in e-Publishing

As readers of Rationally Speaking may know, there are two collections of essays pertinent to the topics covered by this blog that have been available at the Amazon Kindle store for a while: "Rationally Speaking: Skeptical Essays on Reality as We Think We Know It" includes all the essays I wrote for Rationally Speaking before it was a blog (it started out as a monthly syndicated internet column), while "Thinking About Science: Essays on the Nature of Science: 2003-2008" republishes all my essays in the homonymous Skeptical Inquirer column (still ongoing) during those years.

Since I'm always interested in new frontiers in e-publishing, I have just released both titles at Smashwords, an e-book "aggregator," as they call them these days, i.e. an outlet that allows people to publish and distribute their e-books in a variety of formats. Smashwords will soon send the two titles to the Apple iBook store and other outlets, but in the meantime you can download them directly at the site, in html, java (for browsers), mobi (for Kindle), ePub, PDF, LRF (for Sony Readers), and PDB (for Palm devices).


p.s.: as soon as I have some time (ah!) I intend to re-release "Tales of the Rational: Skeptical Essays About Nature and Science" in e-format. Stay tuned...


  1. You don't want to e-publish with Apple, at least not commercially! http://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2012/01/infowars-e-publishing-orwellianism-of.html

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